October 11 is the second-ever International Day of the Girl Child. The day was first celebrated by the United Nations on October 11, 2012 to promote human rights for girls around the world and create awareness around gender inequality, discrimination and abuse.
The theme of this year's day is Innovating for Girls' Education, with the UN writing that there is "overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves: it is the one consistent positive determinant of practically every desired development outcome, from reductions in mortality and fertility, to poverty reduction and equitable growth, to social norm change and democratization."
There's been a lot of research of late investigating the benefits of supporting education and empowerment for girls. Hit the gallery above for eight reasons why we should all be celebrating girls.